Cie Philippe Almeida
IDENTITY OF THE COMPANY
Considered for a long time as one of the emblematic figures of the hip-hop dance, he achieved to win the trust of all his collaborators, and to develop an innovative approach in terms of choreographic language and stage direction.
Further to his success as a performer and a choreographer with the group Pro Phenomen, it is time for him to develop his own projects. He also decides to create his own company, in the region of Cergy. He wants to call on the artists he already collaborated with in the past, but also to explore other aesthetics, as well as other disciplines of the living spectacle.
Following on from his career, his project gathers three main aspects : scenic creations, the transmission of skills, in order to promote dancing as a an accessible practice among most people, but also the creation of an international and unifying event focused on urban cultures, in keeping with the Cergy Original Floor he had initiated with the company Pro Phenomen.
Through the recent creation of Visages du Monde, the city of Cergy offers a central role to dance and numerical arts. From its official opening on the 7th and the 9th of February 2013, Philippe Almeida’s intervention was in harmony with the goals and the architecture of this building. Following on from this first collaboration, his role as a consultant in the choreographic sector and more generally in urban cultures, gives him the status of associated artist.
Since the beginning of his career, Philippe Almeida (alias Physs) aims to promote hip-hop culture in its various forms, but especially as the dance which rythms his life for more than fifteen years.
From 1998 to 2001, this young dancer did his training with the company Boogi Saï, with the choreographers Max Laure Bourjolly and Alex Benth. He meets Francis Keopaz M’Bida who teaches him new school hip-hop (also called « new style ») and becomes a member of the artists collective Section C.
With Paul Erek N’jonga, he wins his first battles, including Juste Debout, in the hip-hop category in 2005. The same year, he joins the company Trafic de Styles and works with the choreographer Sébastien Lefrançois.
Philippe then makes a name for himself through TV shows industry, including shows such as Star Academy, Hit Machine, Top of the Pop, or Vivement Dimanche. He also dances for different artists such as Mariah Carey, Tom Jones, Ophélie Winter, and collaborates with choreographers such as Kamel Ouali, Stéphane Jarry and Norma Claire.
Enriched by his experiences in underground culture and commercial events, he uses his talents and skills to develop various projects, such as Section ShowTeam, as well as to pass on his knowledge (regular lessons, international masterclass, choreographic accompanying).